U.S. Department of Education: Full-Service Community Schools
The Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) Program provides support for the planning, implementation, and operation of full-service community schools that improve the coordination, integration, accessibility, and effectiveness of services for children and families, particularly for children attending high-poverty schools, including high-poverty rural schools. Full-service community school means a public elementary school or secondary school that:
(a) Participates in a community-based effort to coordinate and integrate educational, developmental, family, health, and other comprehensive services through community-based organizations and public and private partnerships; and
(b) Provides access to such services in school to students, families, and the community, such as access during the school year (including before- and after-school hours and weekends), as well as during the summer.
FSCS contains one absolute priority (must be met in order to apply) and four competitive preference priorities.
- Absolute Priority: Eligible entities that will serve a minimum of two or more full-service community schools eligible for a schoolwide program of the ESEA as part of a community- or district-wide strategy.
- Competitive Preference Priority 1 — Rural Districts: Small and Rural or Rural and Low-Income. Priority will be given to applicants that include a Local Education Agency (LEA) that is currently eligible under the Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program or the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program. Applicants may determine whether a particular LEA is eligible for these programs by referring to information on the following websites: For the SRSA program, https://www2.ed.gov/programs/reapsrsa/eligible16/index.html and for the RLIS program, https://www2.ed.gov/programs/reaprlisp/eligibility.html.
- Competitive Preference Priority 2 — Broadly Representative Consortiums. Priority will be given to an applicant that demonstrates that it is a consortium comprised of a broad representation of stakeholders.
- Competitive Preference Priority 3 — History of Effectiveness. Priority will be given to an applicant that demonstrates that it is a consortium with a history of effectiveness.
- Competitive Preference Priority 4 — Evidence-Based Activities, Strategies, or Interventions. Priority will be given to an application that is supported by promising evidence.
Grantees must use FSCS grant funds to:
- Coordinate not less than three existing pipeline services (see below), as of the date their grants are awarded, and provide not less than two additional pipeline services, at two or more public elementary schools or secondary schools
- To the extent practicable, integrate multiple pipeline services into a comprehensive and coordinated continuum to achieve the annual measurable performance objectives and outcomes to meet the holistic needs of children
- If applicable, coordinate and integrate services provided by community-based organizations and government agencies with services provided by specialized instructional support personnel
Amount: A total of $7,500,000 is available to make 14-17 awards that range from $275,000-$500,000 and average $450,000 for each 12-month budget period. The maximum award for the entire project period is $2,500,000. The project period is for up to 60 months.
To be eligible for an award, a portion of the services provided by the applicant must be supported through non-federal contributions, either in cash or in-kind donations. The applicant must propose the amount of cash or in-kind resources to be contributed for each year of the grant. The Bureau of Indian Education may meet the matching requirement using funds from other federal sources.
Eligibility: A consortium of: 1) one or more LEAs or the Bureau of Indian Education; and 2) one or more community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, or other public or private entities.
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